Leaving Your Job

Leaving your job could entail that you made the personal choice to leave, or unfortunately you were fired. In either case there are a few options that you can choose to make it to the next step.

If you chose to leave, before you sumit your resignation to your boss, make sure you are prepared to leave. In some companies you have to give 2 weeks notice, whereas in others they may want you out the door that day. In that case, you need to make sure you leave nothing behind and prepare to say goodbye so that you leave a good impression.

Practical preparations

  • Clean out your computer: computer documents, emails, personal software, internet browsers (delete browsing history and cookies)
  • Clean out your desk: get rid of old paper files. Leave only what is necessary for the next person who will be doing your job next
Saying goodbye
  • Write a resignation letter. It really only has to mention that you are leaving and when your last day will be.
  • Say goodbye via email; keep it short and to the point. You want to move forward in a positive manner. Perhaps include projects you enjoyed working on together and your contact details so that they can stay in touch.
  • Remember that ultimately, you want your boss to be able to give you a good reference if you need one in the future.
What to avoid
  • Do not critisise your job in writing. Anything can be kept on file and this may return to haunt you in your future career.
  • Don't brag about your new job

Other reasons for leaving your job:



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